Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year 2014 Inspiration!

Some more hours and 2014 is about to come. This means that we have to slowly say goodbye to 2013. I would say 2013 is a wonderful year for me and I hope for you too. Let's face  2014 with hope, love, peace to all mankind and harmony!

HAVE A HAPPY, BLISSFUL AND WONDERFUL NEW YEAR  2014 TO ALL! 
CHEERS AND GO BLESS US ALL!

I also would to share this very inspiring words I received from my inbox. Thanks to Kyregma for sharing it.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1

The celebration of New Year’s Eve is filled with tradition. People wear polkadots, serve 12 kinds of round fruits on their tables and light firecrackers to usher in prosperity and drive evil spirits away. The traditions have a more commendable side to it— it makes the evening colorful, it brings families together in emotional reunions and many other good things.

May I suggest an additional good thing to add to our traditions? May I propose that we dedicate the first hour of the year to worship and prophecy?

At the stroke of midnight, my household would worship and raise our voices to honor God in an attempt to drown the “noise” of the world. Instead of driving away spirits, we invite the Holy Spirit to join us in thanking God. Then we open our Bibles and receive a verse as a guide for the New Year, even as we consult Scripture again and again throughout the year.

This additional tradition has brought me closer to God’s Word and has taught me to be guided by it. It makes my every day a New Year’s Day — a celebration of the Word! Rolly España."

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Use and Art of Chandelier

The idea of the chandelier has shifted over time. A mention of this kind of lighting used to bring to mind the bright light fixture sparkling with ornate crystals hanging over a dinner table, ball room or main building entrance. One could not recall images of a chandelier without thinking of wealth, abundance or lavish lifestyles.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Not Really a Surprised Christmas Present

I should wake-up early this morning but since I was so tired for the recent trips I did the past days, I was not able to wake-up early. I also attended a Christmas party last night and I was totally knocked down when I got home. Travelling is not easy and I guess, it is not for everyone. I am glad that I have a passion for this hobby and when given the chance and money to do it again, I will surely grab the opportunity.

Let me go back to the main topic here. After taking our breakfast this morning, I immediately got myself ready to go grocery shopping. Before that, we went first to an electronic shop to buy something. Good Santa heard my prayers and wish this holiday season. He finally bought me a new laptop. If I am a musician, I would probably order an ultrasound amps at Musicians Friend. This site is perfect for those who want to buy musical instruments. I have a great love about music but sad to say, I cannot really play a musical gadget.

After visiting the electronic shop, we proceeded to a grocery store nearby to shop all the items we need for Christmas Eve celebration. This time  will be a simple but wonderful  celebration of Christmas.  I am thankful  for  all the  blessings big and small for this year 2013. 

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Making of Our Retirement Home

I believed we are already secured when we will retire in the future. We already built our retirement home along the beach. We are happy that when we laid the foundation last 2004 and slowly take the time to build  it. I guess, it is 99% finish now. I say 99% because there are still a lot of little things that needs to be done. We are  happy because it is a debt-free home. The little money we loaned from the bank was already fully paid  last 2010. I can't imagine when we build  our home this time,  because all of the materials for building now are  doubled or even tripled the price already. It was indeed a good plan and decision building  our retirement home 9 years ago.

missing home much.
Building your own home requires a lot of planning and money.You also need professionals who will do the job like engineers, electrician,plumber and other experts who can do the job in helping you during the process. You also need to choose the right place and location which is safe for building your home. There are construction companies like waterproofing ottawa who can help you with the laying of your home foundation. If you live in Ottawa, you are welcome to ask for their professional advice with regards to home building and repairs.

A house which is laid in good foundation simply means a durable home. If the foundation is not good,  time will come that you need to do a lot of repairs in the future and this will surely costs a lot of money. If ever you need services like this, you can always contact ottawa foundation repair  and they can surely provide you with your home repair needs.

I am so happy that our soon to-be retirement home was built at the right time and in the right place. It is located in a warm country where we cannot experience cold winter season like in Canada or Europe. When the right time comes, we will surely go back to the country which I always consider my home.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Advantage of Booking A Cruise Trip

When most people go on holiday, they buy a plane ticket to their destination, fly there, and stay at that stop for the duration of the trip. They may travel around a bit, but the cost of getting there is usually so high that they decide to stay to save money. Even if they love that location, it is the only one that they get to see. For example, they could take a flight to Punta Cana, stay in a resort, and spend each day walking along the white sand beaches or swimming in the warm, blue-green water.

A cruise, on the other hand, is far different. You are essentially going to many different locations, all at the same time. You will board the ship at a port city, so that is the first place that you get to see. Many people will even fly to the port a few days early so that their trip can include an extended time there. After the boat leaves the port, you have a day or two at sea. This can be very entertaining if you have never been on the ocean before, or at least not that far out. After traveling, you get to your first stop.

However, you are certainly not going to stay there like those who flew in. You will probably just go on a day trip. A smaller craft will take you from the cruise ship to the shore, and you can then spend a few hours there, looking around, shopping, and having a good time. You may even stay for a meal. Then you get back on the ship and it continues to your next destination. There is more entertainment on the ship - games, performances, drinks, and much else. This process repeats itself at a few different places and then the ship returns to the original port and you disembark for good.

The upside of traveling with a cruise line like Royal Holiday is that you get to see and do a lot more for your money. Rather than paying for a single trip to get you to your destination, you are paying for a continuous voyage. You are paying for transportation every single day. The downside is that this is slower than flying, but you have to think of it like your accommodations and your transportation all rolled into one. When you look at it that way, it makes more sense. Much of the traveling will happen while you are asleep, and then you get to spend your days in exciting new locations. This is just as fast - if not faster - as flying every day, and it comes with a much smaller price tag.

As you plan your next vacation, you should look at both options and decide which one is best for you. Some people do not want the excitement of moving around; they just want to go to one place and stay there until they go home, and that's fine. Most people, though, have more places on their list of places to see than they can possibly get to in the near future, so they are looking for ways to see more and do more with each trip. That is what a cruise can offer, so it may be the best choice.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Getting to Know a Brass Instrument

 Anyone who loves to play any musical instruments out there? I wish I am a musician who can play such instruments like brass, guitar, piano, organ, etcetera,  but I am not. I had witnessed a lot o festivals and events in Europe and had seem many musicians who played various musical instruments.

I am always amazed seeing people who especially play brass instruments. For some reasons, it always wows me when I see one playing it. If I am not mistaken, I witnessed musicians who played the best used brass instruments in many festivals in Bavaria, Germany especially in their so-called Volksfest, translated as "People's festival" in English. This usually happens in summer.

According to my bestfriend wikipedia, " brass instrument is a musical instrument that produces sound by sympathetic vibration of air in a tubular resonator in sympathy with the vibration of the player's lips. Brass instruments are also called labrosones, literally meaning "lip-vibrated instruments".

Music Instruments, Unique Presents for Christmas

This is exactly what I am thinking and looking for. Music instruments are unique gift ideas especially to your love ones who love playing such gadgets. This reminds me of a relative who loves to play a saxophone and a clarinet. This music accessories at legieri reeds is a perfect site to search for it. Their bestseller which is the Legere Signature Series Tenor Saxophone Reed with a natural sound and feel seems a perfect present for my sister-in-law who loves  to play this instrument.

Now, I have the best idea on what to give this coming Christmas season! I hope you are slowly feeling the spirit of holiday season. I do! Have a great day!

Christmas Lights Are On Now

Christmas decors in our dining window.
I believed some of you had already put-out your Christmas lights. Some might have their indoor or outdoor lights turning-on every night. I already did but we only have indoor Christmas lights! I am actually done decorating the house with Christmas decors since last month.  I am  happy that I did the decorations  earlier.

I would love to put-out next year some outdoor outdoor lights. This is the reason why I was browsing last night some Vistosi lights at Lighting55.com. They have a lot of choices from outdoor to indoor lights. If you are also looking for chandeliers, table lamps, floor lamps, ceiling lights and more.

Hopefully, I can put-out some outdoor Christmas lights next year!  Happy holidays!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wish to Watch A Concert This Holiday Season

Someone asked me what I want this coming holiday season. Well, that is a very good idea asking me what I want. I want some things but I don't want to spend money in things that I really don't need. I would love to have something quite unique this Christmas.

This week, I received a pamphlet stating a lot of concerts and shows this Christmas season near our area especially in the nearby big city. I would love to watch a concert where famous musicians or entertainers perform. I would love to especially see performers playing musical instruments. While thinking of this, I can't imagine one of them might get their stagg drum at musicians friend. It is quite a good choice if they shop their instruments and gadgets in this famous online music  store.

Last year, I did able to watch a choir performance singing all Christmas songs in the church. There was no entrance fee required but you can give donations if you want to.  I hope,  I can do it again this year if I cannot really watch a concert. Wish me luck!

Christmas Presents for my Family

I am glad that my big package of over a hundred kilos already arrived safely to my family back home. It just arrived perfect on time before Christmas. It contained some of my presents to them from watches to cellphones, chocolates, canned goods, clothing, kitchen utensils, various food items and more.

Today, I chatted with some family members over skype and they told me that they have been distributing it to the whole family and relatives. There are still some things they are wishing this holiday season. I am thinking of buying wholesale earrings for my sisters, my mother and some closed friends and relatives. Of course, I won't be buying the expensive ones but probably earrings that are made of silver 925 are already great presents to them. What do you think folks?

Happy holidays!

DIY with Our Furnace Maintenance

What furnace do you use during winter time? Do you often do some maintenance and cleaning to your furnace? Don't you know that cleaning and maintaining of  your heating system  is very necessary from time to time?

Whether you are using an electric heater, gas heater, wood pellets stove or using a fireplace in heating your homes  during winter time, all these furnaces must be cleaned and maintained regularly. Whether you do it yourself or hire the experts from heating montreal, all these maintenance must be done.

I am glad that there is someone at home who is an expert with regards to home maintenance  and repairs such as plumbing, car maintenance, heating maintenance and the like. With our "do it ourselves" motto, believe me, we already save a lot of money when any problems or repairs are needed to be done at home. Thanks to DH who is an expert with all of these stuffs.

To all my friends who are living in Montreal, Canada,  who needs assistance in terms of heating repairs and maintenance, you are always welcome to contact the experts from climatisation montréal. Don't wait too long until your heating system breaks down. The earlier you contact them, the better it is for your heating system to be diagnosed and repaired. Let them do the action to solve your problem.

Keep warm during this cold winter season!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Need To Visit A Furniture Store

It quite been a long time since I did not visited a furniture store. There is one in the nearest town but everytime I go there, time is always short for me. I do grocery shopping once or twice a week and also run errands at the same time like paying bills at the bank, buying medicines and other important appointments.

The furniture store is quite big and if I go there I really need more time especially in window shopping. Sometimes  I just go there to gett ideas about home design. I want to spend more time looking for the best stuffs I need before I decide to buy it. For example a cushion foam to buy can be found there but I always compare different brands and prices. I always consider the quality and sometimes got lucky of buying cheap products but are of good quality.

I will see if I can go there next week.

Never Too Late to Send Christmas Cards

I heard over the radio today that it is 13 days more before Christmas day. It just reminded me that I need to still do some things before it comes. It seems that I am too busy with many things both online and offline that I haven't started writing wishes on Christmas cards yet. I believed it is still not too late to do it and send some Christmas cards to family and good friends.

Next year, I am planning to do my own Christmas cards. That is the reason why I am looking for design online so I can have some ideas on what to do. I am not really a good designer but sometimes if I have the appetite to do things like designing, I can always try to do it good. Before weekend comes, I hope I can already finish everything about writing Christmas cards.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Looking for Musical Accessories?

Some of you might be thinking what to give to a friend or family member who is a musician or someone who loves to play the guitar. There are a lot of gift ideas that are line-up for these kind of people who love to play musical instruments. Besides, it is very easy to find presents which are perfect for them nowadays. How about an affordable custom guitar straps at musicians friend? This is quite a unique gift idea and some might  forget to think about it.

You can also find related musical gadgets and accessories in many shops online. Doing so is also very easy and convenient.  Start shopping now!

Gift Idea This Holiday Season

I am still quite tired but need to hit online! I just got back from a trip last night and I guess I am still having a jet lag. It was a wonderful trip seeing many capital cities in Europe and experiencing its Christmas markets. I visited Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. Simply lovely cities!

I should be buying there some presents for this coming holiday season but I don't have much time going around. I guess I rather browse online or try to look for this raymond weil watch at Reeds.com. It is quite nice presents especially for men. Besides, watch is always needed everyday. I will consider my budget first because I am planning to buy two or three of these watches.

It is still not too late to shop for holiday presents. Right folks?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Furnace Maintenance Especially During Winter

I just look at our window and found out that snow flakes are currently falling from the sky. This is the sign that winter is finally here! If you are having winter season in your area, for sure your heaters or furnaces are currently turned-on now  or else you will be freezing due to cold temperature inside your home.

Winter is the time of the year when the temperature gets really very cold. This is also the time of the year when our heaters are on. Whether you are using a fireplace, wood pellets stove, oil  heater, gas heater or electric heater, all of these furnaces require maintenance from time to time.

View from  one of our windows during winter.
 In countries like Canada and the United States, there are companies who offers services like furnace cleaning and maintaining. For example if you are living in Calgary, furnace cleaners calgary are willing to offer their help and services in order for your furnaces to work the whole winter season.

We have to admit that we need their services especially in this cold winter season. Another thing is, air duct and furnace cleaning is very important for our health and safety and in maintaining the air quality in our homes.

Now, I understand why the chimney man who wears black clothes comes to our home from now and then, to clean and maintain the air duct and the  furnace. Don't miss to call furnace cleaning calgary if you need their help. For sure, they can always assist you in many aspects of cleaning especially for your furnaces.

I am loving the warm inside our home. For me, 18 degrees Celsius is already a perfect temperature!  Our wood pellet stove is truly a wealth during winter time. Sometimes, when the temperature gets really very cold, we are also turning our electric heaters on.

Keep warm and healthy during cold winter season!

Hey, I looked again outside and found out that everything is white now! Hello winter!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

We Are Ready for Winter, Are You?

I was talking with a friend during our trip to Czech Republic yesterday about the earliest snow I experienced since I live in Europe. I told her that the earliest snow I experienced  in this continent  was last 2012.  The  snow started to fall on  October 28 last year. This year,  the snow came quite later. The first snow fall happenned last November 26  in our area but  it did not lasted for so long.

Our wood pellet oven.
I am happy to say that we are ready for winter. The winter tires in our two cars are already installed. We already ordered 4 pallets of wood pellets for our pellet stove. This is already too much for this winter but we are making it sure that we have enough supplies for our heating furnace. Our wood pellet stove is running 24 hours a day since November. With this very cold winter season in Europe, it is very important that our home is keep warm and comfortable all day long. We are also using electric heaters but we only turn it on when the temperature gets really very cold.

Before winter comes, homeowners must be aware to check their heating system. Some are only checking it at the time they needed it. This is the time when the weather turns cold and they need to turn-on their heaters. For some who don't have a problem with their heaters during the past winters, that is fine but for some who are having frequent problems with it, they must see to it that it is being check before winter comes.

I suggest you take a look at this very interesting page,  HomeServe USA Facebook, as they are always sharing updates and topics about Home Heating Preparedness, Home Tips and most especially topics about electrical, plumbing and HVAC solutions. You can also visit their website for more information especially about  their  services.

I learn a lot of things while browsing their posts  in their facebook page. You will  surely know a lot  with regards to home tips  and guides. I bookmarked their page for  reference in the future.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ready for my Christmas Market Trip to Domazlice, Czech Republic

Hello December! Wow, it seems like yesterday when it was November. Time truly flies by so fast now. Holiday season is  starting on the  air right now. I can already feel its breeze!   The best time of the year is inevitable now. Some more weeks and it will be Christmas  day! I hope you are  considering  Christmas everyday!

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Christmas Decors  sold on Christmas Markets in Germany.
Today seems to be a busy day for me. I was doing some offline  tasks including cooking, cleaning and  folding the clean laundry. I also prepared the stuffs I need for  my  trip to Czech  Republic. I have been to this country many times but this will be my first Christmas Market trip  there visiting  Domazlice.

Christmas season is one of the  best time to visit Europe. Christmas markets are  everywhere.  This is one thing I love in this continent.

Domazlice is a town in the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republic. According to history, it was first recorded as a town in 1231.  This is quite a historic town and I hope I can experience interesting sights when we will visit it tomorrow.

My cameras are ready now, batteries are fully charged, snacks and drinks are already in my backpack..what else?  I need to wear good winter clothes tomorrow since I heard over the news that the temperature might drop to sub-zero.

I believed  everything is packed now. Anyway, I will be traveling with a Japanese friend this time. I am quite excited! See you soon Domazlice, Czech Republic!

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